Rapid Fire Fun Facts
How did you know Engineering was right for you?
I figured out in High School that being a professional baseball player wasn’t in the cards for me, so I knew I needed to go a different route. I always loved building things since I was a kid, maybe because my dad works in construction, and I was good at math. Combining what I was interested in and what I was good at led me to become a Structural Engineer. I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016, and moved to Indianapolis the day after graduation.
What drives you in your role as a Structural Engineer?
I want to build things I can physically see and interact with every day. It’s remarkable to think I’ve left my thumbprint on the world in the buildings and spaces that I had a lead role designing. This leads to the main reason I wanted to work at JQOL – I can make an impact on the lives of people and the communities. I also saw a large amount of growth potential by joining a small MBE/DBE engineering firm.
What’s your advice to someone who wants to go into engineering?
The best advice I have for someone going into engineering would be to work on your creative side the most. Engineers are here to solve problems and most of those solution require unique ideas or unique ways of looking at the question that needs to be solved. Most people seem to get lost in the numbers but forget to step back and look at the whole.
So, what brought you from sunny Florida to Indiana?
I grew up in South Florida, but it’s crazy and hot. The rest of my family is still living there except for one of my brothers who lives in New York, so I go back to visit them as much as I can. I knew I wanted to live in the Midwest, but I figured out quickly that negative thirty degrees was too extreme after one winter in Minneapolis. So, I decided to shift more south and landed in Indiana. Indy is a great city with a friendly Midwest vibe which feels like a different universe compared to the craziness in South Florida.
Describe your perfect weekend?
Nothing crazy. My perfect weekend isn’t so much about what I am doing but who I am with. I would be with my family and friends grilling out, working around the house, or just simply relaxing.
Any hidden talents or any weird facts?
The one thing people don’t usually know about me is that I code and make my own programs. It’s easy once I got the hang of it.